JWST 2728

JWST 2728

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

In their acceptance speeches for the Nobel Prize in Literature, both the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz (1988) and the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (2006) situate their work between Eastern and Western literary traditions. Pamuk elaborated: "To write, to read, was like leaving one world to find consolation in the other world's otherness, the strange and the wondrous." In this class, we seek the strange and wondrous otherness, along with the familiar and wondrous sameness in modern literature from the Middle East. We proceed thematically across the literary traditions of the Middle East, with a focus on works written in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Hebrew. The thematic organization permits us to approach critical issues comparatively. In addition to exploring the tension between Eastern and Western influences in this literature, we will also investigate other issues writers confront: How do literary heritage and religious tradition inflect modern texts? What is the relationship between politics and aesthetics? How does literature represent traumatic memories and violence, past and present? All readings are in English.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (LA-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2728NES 2728

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16481JWST 2728  LEC 001

    • MWFUris Hall G44
    • Jan 21 - May 5, 2020
    • Starr, D

  • Instruction Mode: Hybrid - Online & In Person